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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Tupelo's Premiere Martial Arts Academy


Tupelo's Premiere Martial Arts Academy

The Evolution of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A Journey from Samurai to the Modern Mat

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), a martial art renowned worldwide for its ground fighting techniques, has a history as intricate as its maneuvers. Rooted in the ancient traditions of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, BJJ has evolved to become a distinctive art form of its own.

From Japan to Brazil

The story begins in feudal Japan, where Jiu-Jitsu was practiced by samurai as a means of defense when disarmed. As Japan modernized, these techniques were refined into what became known as Judo by Jigoro Kano in the late 19th century.

In the early 20th century, Mitsuyo Maeda, a student of Kano, traveled the world demonstrating this art. His journey led him to Brazil, where he encountered a young Carlos Gracie. Impressed by Maeda's skills, Carlos became his student, marking the birth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The Gracie Legacy

The Gracie family played a pivotal role in adapting and evolving these techniques to suit real combat situations. Carlos, along with his brothers, developed a new approach that prioritized leverage and technique, allowing a smaller individual to defend against and even defeat larger opponents. This was the genesis of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as we know it today.

Helio Gracie, the youngest of the Gracie brothers, further refined these techniques, emphasizing ground combat. His innovations led to the creation of many of the foundational techniques that BJJ practitioners use today.

Global Recognition

The effectiveness of BJJ was put to the test in the 1990s when Royce Gracie, representing the Gracie family, participated in the early Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events. His victories against larger and stronger opponents from various martial arts backgrounds showcased the potency of BJJ to the world.

Today, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not just a martial art but a sport, a method of self-defense, and a way of life for millions across the globe.

From the mats of Brazil to dojos worldwide, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stands as a testament to the power of technique, strategy, and adaptability.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling and ground fighting techniques, emphasizing leverage and technique rather than size and strength. BJJ training can offer a range of benefits including:

  • Improved physical fitness, strength, and flexibility

  • Increased self-confidence and discipline

  • Enhanced problem-solving skills and mental agility

Head Instructor

Cody Floyd

Cody Floyd is the Head Instructor and Founder of Tupelo Jiu Jitsu Academy, where he leads the training and development of students in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. With over 15 years of experience in the sport, Cody is a highly skilled practitioner, a respected teacher in the Jiu Jitsu community, and Tupelo’s first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt.

As Head Instructor of Tupelo Jiu Jitsu Academy, Cody brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his students. Cody’s expertise in Jiu Jitsu and MMA has also helped him to lead successful Mixed Martial Arts teams. His students have fought in some of the largest MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and LFA.

Cody Floyd is a true ambassador of Jiu Jitsu, and his dedication to the sport and his students has made him a beloved figure in the community. Through his leadership and guidance, he continues to inspire and empower his students to achieve their dreams both on and off the mats.

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